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Offensive struggles follow Bolts to Columbus

Tampa Bay drops the series opener to the Blue Jackets, 4-2

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

The Lightning's slumping offense couldn't get much going on Tuesday night as they suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Joonas Korpisalo and the Blue Jackets.

Korpisalo was sharp in net, finishing the night with 36 saves on 38 shots and only surrendering goals to Ross Colton and Luke Schenn late in the third when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Zac Dalpe struck first, grabbing the lead for the Jackets with a goal against the run of play at 14:57 of the first period. From along the wall, Max Domi threw a pass into open space in the middle of the ice that allowed Dalpe to skate in and slip a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The hosts doubled their advantage early in the second off a giveaway behind the Lightning net. Cam Atkinson forced Ben Thomas into a turnover and the puck bounced free for Jack Roslovic who got his shot past Vasilevskiy at the near post.

The deficit grew to three on a Max Domi power play goal six minutes into the third. Vasilevskiy appeared to be in good position to stop Domi's shot from the right circle, but the puck changed direction on the Lightning goaltender after deflecting off Victor Hedman's stick.

Trying to get something going, Jon Cooper pulled Vasilevskiy with over seven minutes remaining in regulation, but Nick Foligno quickly scored into the empty net to stretch the Blue Jackets' lead to four.

The Bolts did manage to break up Korpisalo's shutout attempt late in the third, with Colton snapping home his fifth goal of the season at 14:37. Schenn added a goal with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to round out the scoring.

Tampa Bay will get another shot at the Blue Jackets when the two teams meet again on Thursday to close out this two-game series.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
CBJ | 14:57 Zac Dalpe (1) - Max Domi, Seth Jones

2nd Period
CBJ | 2:03 Jack Roslovic (7) - Cam Atkinson

3rd Period
CBJ | 6:08 Max Domi (6) - Zach Werenski, Jack Roslovic - PPG
CBJ | 13:30 Nick Foligno (7) - Alexandre Texier - ENG
TBL | 14:37 Ross Colton (5) - Tyler Johnson, Pat Maroon
TBL | 19:41 Luke Schenn (1) - Ryan McDonagh, Pat Maroon

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